Friday, January 26, 2007

In the Music Room

For the past week i have spent most of my time in a music recording studio.
We've been recording the score for a documentary I edited recently.
My friend Lara passed by while we were taking a break. I made this frame.
Nothing beats natural light and film.

Hasselblad 503CW 150mm, f/4 , Kodak Portra 160 VC

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A frame I made of Saddam's execution

I was in the city of Karak for eid, the day Saddam died.
I made this frame. Made it for myself. For someone. For history.
A moment i wanted to remember. A face frozen on celluloid. On a 6x6 negative. In black and white. No unnecessary color. Pure photography.
Photography is the way i'll remember things one day, when memories would have faded.

Shot on a Rolleiflex medium format camera. Kodak tri-x at 1600


Amman on slide film

I finally got two rolls of slide film that i shot with the Leica developed and scanned. I am loving the results. No computer manipulation on these images, these are direct scans from the negative. I just wish it wasn't expensive to develop slide film in Jordan. The colors and contrast just beat digital any day.

* click and view large, its worth it.











Shot with Leica M6, 50mm f/2 summicron, Fuji Provia 100 and 400

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Two new photo essays

I decided that January would be a relaxed month. I need my alone time before starting heavy work on the pre-production of "Captain Abu Raed", which we will be shooting at the end of April.

If you are in Amman, check out the latest issues of Jo Magazine and Nox magazine, i had two photo essays published. The one in JO deals with the living space of some Egyptian construction workers. I spent 4 nights with them taking pictures. Quite an experience. I shot these as part of a workshop i attended here in Amman. You can see my work from the workshop on the Al-Liquindoni workshop gallery page.

The one in Nox is about "The Factory of Champions" the Al-Baq'aa boxing club, one of the famous Arab boxing clubs. This small place has produced some amazing champions.
Again I went down there a number of times and i am happy with the results.

Another piece of good news is that it looks like that i'll be in the north of Spain during the first week of February. I got accepted to attend a photography workshop that is going to be given by Antonin Kratochvil, one of the founders of the VII agency. Check out his work, this man has been everywhere and has an interesting style. Can't wait.

Here's a recent frame i made with the Leica. Thought i'd share.

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